1500 or Nothin is an Inglewood-based collective of Grammy-nominated producers, artists, songwriters, musicians and rappers whose catalogue of productions and collaborations includes Bruno Mars, Usher, Kendrick Lamar and Drake.
The church was the first place where many of the collective’s founding members were exposed to music, and also where many first met. After coming together in 2001, a chemistry developed between them that soon saw them playing with acts all over Los Angeles, and then hired to play with Bobby Valentino. The collective continues to take influence from the church, the gritty gospel-infused vocals of Ron Isley, as well as the arrangements of Quincy Jones and Marvin Gaye.
With a mission to produce a signature sound that combines contemporary urban with edgy pop music, they’ve found studio work with some of the biggest names in music: Jay-Z, Kanye West and Dr Dre among them. In addition, the eight-piece 1500 or Nothin band, also known as The Fifteen Hundreds, tours internationally with artists including Snoop Dogg, Lupe Fiasco, The Game, and Faith Evans.